Saturday, 24 March 2012

Spinach, feta, olive & sun-dried tomato bean burgers


400g spinach, 1 potato, sun dried tomatoes, olives, feta, haricot beans, old bread, pistachios, sesame seeds, 1 egg.
Serves: 4 preparation: 30 minutes

This is one of my favourite recent recipes and I can see myself making these time and time again. The burgers are like an explosion of flavour - olive BAM, tomato BAM, feta BAM but there's the silky smooth potato and spinach to balance it out - the beans add a great texture and the crispy, nutty crust is fabulous.

1) Peel and dice the potato, then boil in hot, salted water until soft. Drain, mash and set aside to cool.

2) Drain the can of beans and slice them in half. This sounds laborous but it needn't be - just line them up and slice multiple beans at the same time! stir into the mashed potato.

3) Blitz the spinach in a blender and stir into the bean and potato mixture.

4) Dice the feta, tomatoes and olives and stir into the mixture.

5) Blitz your bread in a blender until fine breadcrumbs are formed. Crush a handful of pistachios in a blender and stir through the bread with some sesame seeds.

6) Whisk the egg and roll the patty into it before rolling it through the breadcrumbs, then bake in the oven for 10 minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden brown.

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